2019 Nursing Career Day for Students & Alumni

Fair Information
When: Friday, December 6, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Fagin Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 418 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Who: The fair is open to students and alumni of the Nursing School at University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania’s Nursing Career Day (NCD) is an annual event co-sponsored by Career Services and the School of Nursing. NCD is designed to create a space for Penn Nursing students and alumni to connect with employers, particularly hospitals and other healthcare-related organizations, as well as graduate schools of nursing. This event always offers an opportunity to make helpful contacts, whether your job search is for the immediate future or a little further out.

No advanced registration is required. Bring your Penn Card, resume, questions and a willingness to talk to the participating representatives!

Check Handshake for the most up-to-date list of registered organizations.

Registered Organizations for 2019

  • Anthem, Inc
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s National Health System
  • Christiana Care Health System
  • Community Healthcare Network – NP Fellowship
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Friends Hospital
  • Geisinger
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Nazareth Hospital, Mercy Healthcare
  • Northwell Health (resume drop only)
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • NYU Langone Health
  • NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Penn Medicine
  • Penn State Health
  • Prestige HomeCare Agency
  • Tower Health
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • US Army Nurse Corps
  • US Navy Nurse Corps
  • WellSpan Health
  • Yale New Haven Health

Nursing Alumni Relations will also be in attendance if you’d like to chat about networking with alumni or services for alumni.

To prepare for the fair, come to our Prepare for Nursing Career Day workshop on Monday, November 18 at 12:00PM in Fagin Hall Room 110.


1. Dress appropriately. This event is business casual. (Scrubs are fine if you are coming from clinical and don’t have time to change.)

2. Do your homework before you go. Research the companies attending by browsing through Handshake.

3.  When you get to Fagin Hall, decide which companies you will see first. Before you approach a table, think about the research you’ve done for a minute:

  • What do you already know about the employer?
  • Think of questions that you can ask to help you understand what the organization is seeking and to learn of their hiring timelines and processes.
  • Be prepared to give a brief summary of the type of work you are seeking.
  • Be prepared to say a little bit about yourself (interests, projects, research, goals, etc.)

4. Approach recruiters! Don’t be nervous, the recruiters are here to speak with you. Be sociable and professional.

5. Be prepared to initiate conversation, by asking questions or saying something that gives the person an invitation to talk. The idea is to converse with employers, not to just have a question & answer session. Your conversation should last for about a minute and a half.

6. Introduce yourself and thank the employer for attending. Shake hands and make eye contact.

7. Be aware of others waiting. If you determine that you are not particularly interested in working for this organization, thank the recruiter for his/her time and walk on. If you are very interested, say something like, “I’d like to speak with you further, but I see that you have others waiting. May I come back later to see if you have more time?”

8. Be discreet in talking about employers. Even if you know the recruiter keep in mind that they represent the employer now. All conversations should be on a professional level.

9. Provide the employer with your resume. Bring plenty of copies.

10. Some organizations will bring promotional gift items. Don’t take more than you can carry inconspicuously and don’t take take one if you haven’t spoken with the recruiter.

11. Ask for the recruiter’s business card and follow up via email within 24 hours to thank them for their time.

12. If you want to pursue a job with a recruiter, make sure you know what to do next (ie. fill out an application form, send a letter of recommendation, etc.)